WhatTheFont and 4 Alternatives to Find Fonts from Images
Font identification tools are lifesavers for designers, marketers, and typographers. One of the most popular such instruments is WhatTheFont. However, it’s essential to have a few other fonts identifying options up your sleeve when you’re dealing with particularly challenging typography.
Here are four alternatives to WhatTheFont that can help you find the fonts from images.
1. Adobe Fonts
Adobe Fonts, formerly known as Typekit, has a vast collection of 14,000+ fonts. You have two ways to use them: add them to your Creative Cloud library and install them locally. The platform allows you to create and manage groups of fonts, generate CSS and JS codes for your web projects and
download fonts for offline use. Adobe Fonts has options to search for fonts based on classifications, popularity, and trending categories.
You can also use their “Find my Font” feature that allows you to take a photo of the font, upload it to the snap, and then find the font from their vast font library.
2. Font Squirrel
Similar to Adobe Fonts, Font Squirrel has a large library of professional-quality fonts, most of which are free. They produce fonts that are licensed for commercial use and can be found in their “@font-face kit” section, which provides a bundle of font files for web fonts that include EOT, SVG, TTF, and WOFF. Their “Matcherator” tool can help you identify an unknown font from an image by analyzing the shape of the letters.
Fontspring has a vast collection of free and paid commercial fonts from over 50 font foundries, like Lato, Open Sans, and Museo Sans. The search function enables you to search for fonts based on popularity, style, foundry, and language support. You can filter your search results based on your criteria, like price, foundry, and style.
Fontspring offers a “WhatTheFont” feature that analyzes uploaded images and identifies the font type. They also have other helpful tools like the free “Font Playground” for customizing fonts and “Fontmatch” based translator that matches languages with similar typefaces.
Identifont has a slightly different approach than the rest of the font finding tools as it employs a step-by-step process for identifying fonts. Users answer a series of questions to refine the search results, like “Is it serif or sans-serif?,” “Is the ‘a’ single-story or double-story?,” etc. They offer over 150,000 typefaces in their database and have a unique feature of providing information on font usage, like which typefaces are used in best-selling books, journal, and newspapers.
Designers and font lovers welcome these font identifying tools that make the tedious and time-consuming job of finding the right font for their project much more manageable. All of the above tools offer different features, search options, and user interfaces. Find the best fit for your particular need and put these resources to use.